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Early Cricketing Years

Postby raja » Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:32 am

Good read.

https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/666983

What this piece does not mention about Yadavendra Singh (Yuvraj of Patiala) is that in the second innings he got to 60 because the England fielders had been told to go easy on him. They were told to allow the ball to go to the boundary. :-) MCC was anyway winning the game - and it was the last Test of their tour.

But this was ok - Yadavendra Singh was the Crown Prince, his father was then Maharaja of Patiala.
A great patron of cricket, probably India's greatest cricket patron.
Cricket in its early days in India anyway depended on royal patronage.

Read up a profile on him here.
He arranged foreign players to visit and play in India. The famous Australian tour of India in 1935-36 (often referred to in India as Jack Ryder's Australians) was courtesy of the Maharaja of Patiala.

In general, the Maharaja of Patiala is supposed to be a good patron. Even on India's first official tour of England when they were due to play their first Test, his son Yadavendra was supposed to lead India. But he couldn't (ostensibly cos he was busy with state business) and CK Nayudu (considered a "common man") was given the job. This led to its own controversies.

By the way, Yadavendra's son is now Chief Minister of Punjab state in India.

The not-so-good patron is considered to be the Maharajkumar of Vizianagaram. He was also a big patron - he even got Jack Hobbs & Herbert Sutcliffe to tour India and paid them very handsomely for it. There's a trophy named after him - the Vizzy Trophy - but, by all accounts, he was very egoistic and harnessed ambitions of being a top cricketer himself, which he clearly wasn't. Through lobbying and manipulation, he managed to even be captain of the Indian team to England in 1936. He was a disaster - there was an argument between him and Lala Amarnath, and Lala was sent back home midway through the tour.

Those were very interesting days - and very interesting people. :-)

http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/conte ... 32680.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yadavindra_Singh

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhupinder ... of_Patiala

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maharajku ... izianagram

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Re: The Greatest One Test Wonders

Postby raja » Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:37 am

"From the 1948–49 series against West Indies, Vizzy became a radio commentator and was the guest commentator for BBC during the Indian tour of England in 1959. He was not a particularly good commentator. According to Dickie Rutnagur, when Vizzy had just finished describing how he had hunted tigers, Rohan Kanhai responded: Really? I thought you just left a transistor radio on when you were commentating and bored them to death."

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Re: Early Cricketing Years

Postby raja » Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:44 am

Interesting read.
I enjoy reading about India's early cricketing days.
https://www.cricketcountry.com/articles ... day-279887

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Re: Early Cricketing Years

Postby givemeahug786 » Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:00 am

I always wonder who was Nawab of Patuadi who scored debut century for England ?
Why Indian captain nawab of Patuadi also known as same mention above ?
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Re: Early Cricketing Years

Postby raja » Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:39 am

Pataudi is the place of which they were the royal family (Nawabs).
So both of them are called Nawab of Pataudi.
Father, Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi.
Son, Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi.

The father played for England and scored a century on debut.
He was one of those who opposed Jardine's Bodyline theory.

Later, he played for (and captained) India in a series in England.

His son, educated in England, played for Sussex.
Was India's youngest captain when he was thrusted with the captaincy on the near-death experience of captain Nari Contractor when he was hit on the head by a Charlie Griffith delivery during the game against Barbados on India's tour of the West Indies in 1962.

Was a highly-respected captain, easily one of India's most-respected.
Although the teams he led weren't particularly strong and so the results don't match up.

Lost one eye in an accident very early in his career, and played almost his entire international career with vision in just one eye.
A superb fielder - possibly the best India had ever had till then.